Thermal, California (January 25, 2015): Competition in the Grand Prix ring is heating up at HITS Desert Horse Park, as Will Simpson stretched his streak to three with a win in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with Monarch International’s The Dude.
Forty-one starters took to the SmartPak track but only thirteen left all the jumps up and qualified for the jump off. Simpson and The Dude, who won $7,500 for their effort, were the fastest with a jump off time of 39.562, but by just less than a second over second place winner Christian Heineking, riding Charika for Isabella Terry with a time of 40.312. Simpson, riding another Monarch International-owned horse, Katie Riddle, came in a close third with no faults in 40.675.
“This circuit is heating up already with these jumpers,” said Simpson. “The Dude felt so good in the victory gallop, I think he thought he was going back in to do it all over again. One good horse elevates the entire string and I have two right now - pretty sweet. The nice part, too, is that Hannah Heidegger (who trains with Simpson and came in sixth on Monarch International’s Geledimar with a time of 45.346) is putting pressure on me to stay on top of it all, too. She is right in there just about every time now, too.”
Heineking, riding Chakira to the second place win, said, “The jump off was technical enough and with thirteen in it, you had to be on your game. I liked the course and it looks like the HITS circuit here this year is going to be special. I really look forward to coming from Texas for these competitions. It's going to be a horse race in some of these.”
SmartPaks are custom made, pre-measured daily dose Paks of your horse's supplements. They are clearly labeled with your horse's name for fast, accurate feeding every time. Tightly sealed to protect potency, SmartPaks ensure that your horse always has the freshest supplements available. SmartPaks over $40 are delivered free automatically every 28 days, so you never worry about running out.
$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Round 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 The Dude Monarch International William Simpson $7,500 0 0 39.562
2 Charika Isabelle Terry Christian Heineking $5,500 0 0 40.312
3 Katie Riddle Monarch International William Simpson $3,250 0 0 40.675
4 Quidam Blue Juniper Farms & Equitop Farm Jill Henselwood $2,000 0 0 41.020
5 Zilox T Haley Farms, LLC Tiffany Sullivan $1,500 0 0 45.035
6 Geledimar Monarch International Hannah Heidegger $1,200 0 0 45.346
7 Conejito Carol Wright Carol Wright $1,000 0 0 47.180
8 Chantico Forest View Farm & Karen Ball John Pearce $750 0 4 43.690
9 Tembla Signe Ostby Karl Cook $750 0 4 44.393
10 Terrific John Anderson John Anderson $500 0 8 41.664
11 Nakich Double Dutch Madeleine Louise Wilson Nayel Nassar $500 0 8 42.724
12 Acita Nayel Nassar Nayel Nassar $500 0 12 43.521